Magne Furuholmen

About Artist: Magne Furuholmen (born November 1, 1962 in Oslo, Norway) is a world renowned Norwegian musician and visual artist. Furuholmen, better known to music fans by his stage name Mags, is the keyboardist of the synthpop/rock band A-ha, and has co-written many of the band's hits including "Take on Me", "Stay on These Roads", "Manhattan Skyline", "Cry Wolf", "Forever Not Yours", "Analogue (All I Want)", and "Foot of the Mountain"Furuholmen is also an internationally respected visual artist with solo exhibitions held in Norway, the UK, and elsewhere in Europe. His work is represented in private and public institutions and museums worldwide, among them The Norwegian State Archives, Bibliothéke National de France, and others.Furuholmen is the son of jazz trumpeter Kåre Furuholmen (1940–67) and Anne-Lise Furuholmen (b. 1940)He was raised in Manglerud, Oslo (along with A-ha colleague and co-writer Paul Waaktaar-Savoy). He has one sister, Line, and two half brothers, Thorstein and Trygve Christian. His father, a jazz musician who played trumpet with Bent Sølves Orkester, was killed in an aeroplane crash over Drammen, south of Oslo in 1967, when Magne was just five. Remarkably, this very accident was witnessed by an eight-year-old Morten Harket, thirteen years before the two were to meet for the first time.Furuholmen married Heidi Rydjord, his high school sweetheart, on August 8, 1992, in the garden of their Nesøya home. They have two sons, Thomas Vincent (born April 20, 1990) and Filip Clements (born October 2, 1993)

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